A recent Healthy Kids Colorado survey reports that 85 percent of middle school students in Denver do not drink alcohol. To continue this positive momentum, various Denver city agencies are teaming up to connect youth to positive activities this summer.
“Our 85 Days of Summer Fun campaign is part of the Denver Resource for Awareness & Prevention efforts to curb binge drinking by linking youth to a variety of free, fun activities,” Nachshon Zohari, Denver Office of Drug Strategy Director said. “We are teaming up with the MY Denver Card, Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver Human Services and the Mobile Music Studios to connect kids to activities that give them an alternative to drinking alcohol, while providing facts about alcohol and drugs.”
One interactive activity is the Mobile Music Studios, which give youth an opportunity to learn how to count beats and spin records, which are located at various recreation centers.
“There are not enough places where youth can express themselves, and music reaches every child,” Melissa Franklin, Social Enrichment Coordinator, at Denver Parks & Recreation Center said. “The Mobile Music Studios give youth the opportunity to learn how to be a DJ and make music. We offer classes throughout the year and youth that have a MY Denver card can use it for free.”
Additionally, youth can visit a local Denver Public Library branch and get connected to a variety of programs.
Denver students ages 5 to 18 have free, year-round access to the city’s 23 recreation centers and 29 pools with the MY Denver Card. Youth can participate in drop-in and structured activities such as hip hop, youth leadership, karate, youth fitness, music making and more activities. Youth ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In 2012, Denver voters approved Measure 2A, which provides supportive funding for the MY Denver Card.
“There are many great things to do in Denver and our hope is to get the word out to youth about these activities,” Zohari said. “By doing so, we hope more kids will say no to alcohol and drugs, and yes to fun.”
To learn more about the 85 Summer Days of Fun and download an activity calendar, visit www.denverrap.org. To receive text alerts about fun activities happening in the city, text 85 to 67076.